All individual decisions on funding are made independently by Arts Council England, at arm’s length from Government.
Responding to the announcement, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:
“While this is obviously a difficult day for many arts organisations the Government has limited cuts to frontline arts organisations and at the same time increased significantly the amount of Lottery money going to the arts. This means that the Arts Council’s overall annual budget will reduce by £20 million (11.8 per cent) by April 2015, putting it in a much better position than many other parts of the public sector.
“The UK has some of the best culture in the world and we are doing all we can to support it through the challenges of dealing with the deficit, including measures to boost the amount of private giving going to the arts.”
Facts and figures
The overall budget for the Arts Council will reduce by 11.8% over four years in real terms (including Lottery funding).
The Government has asked the Arts Council to ensure that the cut to the overall budget for National Portfolio arts organisations is no more than 15% in real terms over the next four years.
We have also asked the Arts Council to reduce its administration costs by 50%, ensuring as much money as possible goes to arts organisations.